Trojan Horse Bandit wanted in bank robberies

DOWNEY - The FBI is asking the public's help in identifying a man accused of robbing five local banks, including a Bank of America branch in Downey last month.The man, dubbed by the FBI as the Trojan Horse Bandit due to his affinity for USC team apparel, is accused of robbing four Bellflower banks going back to September. He is also suspected of robbing the Bank of America branch at 9330 Firestone Blvd. in Downey on Nov. 1. His latest heist was Dec. 13 when he robbed a Union Bank in Bellflower. According to law enforcement officials, the suspect approaches a teller and threatens to shoot them with a firearm. No weapon has been seen during any of the robberies. The man is described as Hispanic, between 20-30 years old, 120-160 pounds and standing between 5 foot 2 and 5 foot 9. He has been spotted wearing USC team apparel during the robberies along with different hats, gloves and glasses. Anyone with information on the identity of the Trojan Horse Bandit is asked to call (888) CANT-HIDE or 911.

********** Published: December 23, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 36